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    What's Going On: Lenny Kravitz To Play Marvin Gaye In Julien Temple's 'Sexual Healing'; Michael Hutchence Biopics In The Works

    It certainly hasn't been for lack of trying that we haven't had a Marvin Gaye biopic. Cameron Crowe has been trying for years to get one made, while F. Gary Gray was also attached to helm a project titled simply "Marvin." But now it looks like Julien Temple is getting ahead of the ...

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    In Theaters: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Declares 'This Means War'

    YEAH! Are you ready for some Cage's Festival of Wigs (TM)??? A wig made of FIRE perhaps? That is right, people. Nicolas Cage is BACK as that motorcycle madman from hell (nope this is not "Drive Angry 2") as the GHOST RIDER in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." And that's...

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    Review: 'Michael' A Provocative, Yet Banal Portrait Of A Monster

    Trace it to the 2006 Natascha Kampusch case or the even more terrible 2008 Elisabeth Fritzl one reverberating through into fiction, but longterm kidnapping is having a moment. Despite apparently opening with a card that claims otherwise, the incidents seem unavoidable inspirations for Fréd&ea...

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    First Person: Markus Schleinzer on Why He Made the Controversial 'Michael' and That Haneke Connection

    There was no film more controversial at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival than Markus Schleinzer's feature film debut, "Michael." The gripping tale of five months in the life of a pedophile (Michael Fuith) and the young child he keeps in his basement, "Michael" took Cannes audiences by surprise with it...

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    Meet the 2011 AFI Filmmakers | "Michael" Director Markus Schleinzer

    From the outside, 35-year-old Michael leads a seemingly normal life. He's vying for a promotion at the insurance company where he works and goes on vacations to the mountains with friends. But inside Michael's ordinary suburban home, he is hiding a dark and troubling secret. That secret is 10-year-o...

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    Fantastic Fest Reviews: 'Michael,' 'Haunters' & The Thrilling, Graphic & Hard-To-Watch 'Yellow Sea'

    For folks who don’t hear about regional or niche festivals because of the din of their larger, international counterparts, Fantastic Fest is an Austin, TX-based film festival, now in its seventh year, which focuses on genre fare. Unlike other such festivals like Los Angeles’ Screamfest, however, Fantastic Fest curates its selections from a wide variety of sources, and embraces a particularly liberal definition of “genre” which allows its programmers to assemble a schedule of films with remarkable eclecticism, and an almost shocking consistency of quality. Needless to say, no festival is completely full of winners, but in just the first few da...

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    Strand Nabs Controversial "Michael"

    U.S. rights to Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" have been picked up by Strand Releasing. The film debuted earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

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    CANNES FUTURES | Rookie Director Mikael Schleinzer Wants to Provoke With "Michael"

    Fun Facts Although Schleinzer has made his directorial debut with the divisive Cannes competition entry "Michael," he has more than 60 credits as a casting director working with some of Austrian's biggest names, including Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl.

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    CANNES REVIEW | Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" Puts a Pedophile in Uneasy Focus

    Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" is a triumph of uneasy cinema: Not since Todd Solondz's "Happiness" has a movie portrayed pedophilia in such uncomfortable detail. With an unorthodox level of restraint, the Austrian director tells the story of a dull office drone who keeps a kidnapped young boy locked ...

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